The lovely Lisa from Into the Glade recently nominated me to write about the A to Z of myself. You can read Lisa's great post here to learn more about her.
This seemed like a good way to return to blogging again (if I can think of 26 things to say of course!), so here we go, with 26 archive flower photos included to add some joy...
A is for Amy - me! As I get older I find out more about myself and often surprise myself. I think that is a good thing...
B is for Baking - something I wish that I did more of. I must get better at baking for hubby instead of buying cakes. I did make some delicious cornbread muffins recently with the addition of Dolcelatte Picante cheese and sage as well as some lemon pepper. They were scrummy!!
C is for Colour - I am developing a greater love for colour and enjoying it a lot. We have done beige - probably overdone in fact. I do like neutrals as a background though, because then I can add any colour I like as an accent. Of course green is the best backdrop in the garden. Of course C is also for Crochet! Just in case you were worrying that I had forgotten it!
D is for Dreaming - dreaming of how the garden might someday look. Hubby has been doing more work. One day it will be perfect. Then we will probably move house!
E is for Embroidery - this was the first craft that I really did in an "adult" way. I have been making tapestries for decades now and I still enjoy it. Just as well as I have six different embroideries of different sorts in waiting! Plus the one that I am working on right now. This could be the year of embroidery.
F is for Fun, Family, Flowers and Friends - need I say more!
G is for Growing and Gratitude - growing the garden and myself, just growing and being so grateful and growing in gratitude every day as well.
H is for Home - my very best place of all. But you knew that already didn't you. The name of the blog told you that!!
I is for individual - I am learning that I am myself and I am an individual. I can do and think as I wish, I don't have to be told what to do and I don't have to do things - or not do them - just because someone else tells me that I do - or don't!
J is for Journey - life is a journey that we are all on and it is good to take stock and look back. Can you tell that as I write this I am in a reflective mood...
K is for Kitchen - my dream kitchen with a great big island in the middle, a table to sit and eat at and a sofa to curl up on. With an AGA keeping everything warm and a cup of tea and a slice of cake! One day perhaps. In my dreams!!
L is for Love - the greatest thing of all. There is nothing else you can say is there.
M is for Mantel - I am behind with my mantel decorating, post to come soon! There are cherries hanging up. I love having a mantel to decorate, never having had one in a previous house. It was one of the things that I most wanted and the item that I first chose for this house when we renovated. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one I wanted. I must tell you more in a proper post someday!
N is for notes and notebooks - I think that my planning posts mean that you know already that I love a notebook with a list or a plan. Of course I love notebooks because they are so pretty too. I never could resist nice stationery.
O is for Opal - an unusual choice perhaps for the A to Z of me, but one of my most favourite gemstones. Not my birthstone which I am not that keen on. Opals though are so beautiful, especially the wonderful blue ones that you sometimes see from amazing mines such as Coober Pedy in Australia.
P is for Politics - not something that I mention here really, and I don't intend to start now. It is however a huge fascination for me and is a big part of my life.
Q is for Questions - I always say that the only stupid question you can ask is the one that you don't ask. I truly believe that and live by it myself. Always questions, learning, finding things out, questioning others, questioning myself. Without questions you lose a big opportunity to learn.
R is for Reading - my massive pile of books. It currently stands at a vast number and I am getting behind on my first six choices for this year. Must read more!! I love to read though and learned to read as a very young child and was always found with my nose in a book. To the disgust of some. To the delight of me!
S is for Strength - the strength to keep on keeping on. I am not a quitter. Sometimes to my detriment. I don't always recognise when to give up. However, I see that as a strength and as my strength. My greatest. Keep on.
T is for Tour - we have started working on some new tours for the winter at Basildon Park, I have a lot to learn about art and paintings and architecture! So far I am pretty much terrified. I seem to know the least of anyone, they all "claim" to know an awful lot. I suspect that they really do know a lot, a lot more than me at any rate. I have trouble remembering the names of the different artists. Definitely a big learning and questioning opportunity!
U is for Upside - always trying to find the upside of any situation. There have been negatives, but I still keep looking for and finding the positives. Stronger family ties, finding care of others in unexpected places. I keep looking for the upside and just keep on finding it.
V is for Vacation - I still have tales and pictures to share from our last one and plans to enjoy making for the next. I love travel!
W is for WIP - my Work In Progress list just gets longer all the time. I love it though!!
X is for Xclamation - cheating I know on the spelling, but you know that I am a great exclaimer in my writing!!!!! The case of the runaway punctuation. Or the excitement and exuberance of positivity and joy. Depending on your point of view...
Y is for Yay!! - One of my favourite celebratory words. It goes so well with an exclamation too!!
Z is for Zips - a fear that I am determined to overcome one day. I am not scared of using zips, just the sewing of them into things! I must learn to conquer this!!!
There you have it, from Amy to Zips, that is me!!! Who knew!!
Now, I am supposed to nominate others, but you know that I don't do that because I am so rubbish at it and it sets me all on edge. So instead, I invite you to share your own A to Z of yourself! You might surprise yourself when you start writing and I would love to know what you come up with for X and Z!!
I was also very kindly nominated by the lovely Sara of Sara's Crafts as one of her "good read" blogs. Thank you so much Sara. Then, catching up on my blog reading I discovered that the equally lovely Irene from Life By The Sea had also nominated me for the same "good read" It is good to know that you both enjoy reading my blog! Thank you both for nominating me. Very much appreciated!
Although I don't normally nominate people, I have two suggestions of "reading" blogs for you to visit, Mike from A Bit About Britain and Linda from Senior Adventures. Both are good reads and are places that you might not have visited before! I also have two suggestions for "watching" blogs for you to visit - I was nominated twice, so I am forwarding this twice! The first is Sandra's Cherry Heart Podcast, you can find the latest edition here. I love watching and listening to these. The second is Jane's Plain Jane Allotment Vlog's, you can find the latest edition here. I love seeing what is happening in Jane's allotment.
Thank you Lisa and Sara and Irene for the nominations and for giving me something to talk about again in blogland! Greatly appreciated, all three of you lovely ladies!!